Feral cats are the 'wild' version of domestic cats and are cats that either pet owners have abandoned to fend for themselves, or offspring from cats that have been allowed to breed uncontrolled, usually outdoors. Feral cat 'colonies' can be found behind shopping areas or businesses, in alleys, parks, abandoned buildings, and rural areas. Because of the lack of regular contact with people, and often bad treatment they receive, they become elusive and do not trust humans.
True feral cats generally require a certain type of home, usually in stables where they have shelter and food. These cats enjoy the shelter and freedom and in return they keep the mice and rat population under control. But there are some 'feral cats' that are simply cats that once had homes, but have grown to mistrust people because of traumas or ill treatment. Many people who abandon cats assume their animals will survive when they move away and leave them behind. Contrary to popular belief, these types of domestic cats do not automatically return to their "natural" instincts and cannot fend for themselves.
Croydon Animal Samaritans have set up a feral enclosure which is a secure haven where some of our rescued feral's can live if they cannot be homed to stables. We currently have 13 cats in this small feral enclosure. These cats are elderly ferals who could no longer live on the sites where they came from. It is not our policy to keep young feral cats in the enclosure as we do find homes in stables for these cats where they are much needed.
Inside the enclosure there are sponsored Villas where the residents can sleep on comfy and warm bedding and on cold days they are heated. There are cat scratch posts and toys for them to play with and plenty of toilet facilities.
The enclosure is partly shaded by overhead trees but the sun filters through so they can still enjoy a sunbathe. It is hoped in the future that we can install a system used by some sanctuaries to make fences virtually inescapable, and if we can surround the grounds with this it will mean that once they have time to get used to things in the enclosure many can then move out into the grounds with more sponsored "Villas" dotted around the grounds in which to live. This will be a big project but very worthwhile for the freedom with security it will bring the rescued feral's.
Feral Cat Sponsorship
Sponsor the ferals for £15.00 per year and receive an update on the ferals and copy of our newsletters.
Please contact: Shirley Stoten on (020) 8776 1779 for further information.
Not always a feral!
Sometimes with a lot of patience, love and understanding our 'feral cats' can learn to trust people again and find homes of their own!
We work hard to socialise young feral cats and kittens using behavioural techniques that help them develop their confidence whilst feeling safe and secure in our specialist foster homes. We then look for homes that can continue with their ongoing socialisation and development, and offer support and advice to the new owners along the way. Many of our feral kittens have found loving homes and turn out to be devoted, affectionate and loving cats once they have settled in and bonded with their new owners.
Even the feral pen has had it's share of success stories! Many cats that have entered our pen with no interest in people have made amazing progress thanks to the dedicated and experienced volunteers who spend time with them. In 2014 we homed 4 of our long standing residents - Jim, Maxwell, Gizmo & Boris, and we have more looking for homes on our cat page.
Our Current Residents